Many people have called West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin the most powerful man in the Senate — if not in the entire U.S. government.
This has not been without reason. With Democrats and Republicans standing dead even in the Senate, the Democrats have the power to push any piece of legislation they want through there if they only stand united as a party and have Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote.
Joe Manchin, however, is one of the last of a dying breed: a blue dog Democrat.
Because Manchin knows that he will be savaged by his constituents come election time if he sides with the Democrats on their crazier proposals, he — with occasional help from Democratic Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema — has been virtually the only bulwark against a full-blown socialist takeover by the left.
One of the key planks in this proposed takeover has been H.R. 1, a bill that would essentially institutionalize election fraud nationwide. It would send all control over elections and their security over to the federal government, which would lead to the swift elimination of rules requiring that voters show IDs and be matched to a valid address. This would not only make it child’s play for Democrats to commit election fraud and steal elections, but it would also make it virtually impossible to ever catch them doing it.
Well, Joe Manchin has recently announced that he will not vote for H.R. 1.
Manchin Keeps America From Going off the Brink
Even though H.R. 1 passed the Democrat-majority House by a vote of 220-210, it now seems safe to say that the bill is dead in the water. Without Manchin’s vote, there’s just no way that it will pass.
To explain why he will not vote for the bill, Manchin decided to publish a piece in the Charleston Gazette-Mail on Sunday, June 6.
Manchin criticized the bill for its blatantly partisan character. If anything, this is a mild characterization of its contents, for the bill, if passed, would essentially exclude Republicans from ever again being able to win any important national office.
The bill, Manchin said, “is not about finding common ground, but seeking partisan advantage.” He further insisted that such “partisan policymaking won’t instill confidence in our democracy — it will destroy it.”
This decision is yet another of Manchin’s now famous last stands. Earlier, he said, in the face of repeated questions, that he would never vote to end the Senate filibuster. Although doing so would give Democrats enormous power, Manchin knows that it would also end his career.
Reasonable people should be thankful for Joe Manchin, of course. But how scary — and how improper — is it that only one man is left to keep the entire country from teetering off of a cliff?